Skip to comments.Richard Collins dies at 98; onetime blacklisted screenwriter
Posted on 02/15/2013 10:17:46 AM PST by EveningStar
Richard Collins, a screenwriter during the McCarthy era who was blacklisted for several years before he cooperated with the Communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee, died Thursday in Ventura.
The onetime Communist Party member was 98 and the last of the group of left-leaning writers and directors known as the Hollywood 19, 10 of whom went to prison for refusing to name names before the committee.
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yeah, that’s a shame that a commie dedicated to an ideology that desired the destruction of our country.........rip...whatever.
Last of the 19, but definitely not the last.
He lived to see one of his fellow travelers reach the presidency. Must have died happy.
At least the LA Times acknowledges that he was a communist. That is a huge step forward for liberals.
The issue of the day back then was the “horrible” question asked by HUAC: “Are you now, or were you ever, a member of the communist party?” Legitimate responses were “Yes,” “No,” and to plead the fifth amendment. Simple perjury was hardly an option as the FBI had infiltrated the communist party and knew the answer before the question was asked. Liberals have made heroes of those who refused to answer the question.
Senator Joe McCarthy remains a hero of mine, having been old enough to recall the hearings well. Being branded a McCarthyite is an honor. It’s likewise with being called a gun nut, racist, homophobe or intolerant. The left uses those terms of derision against Christian Conservatives who want to restore traditional American values that made our country truly great.
Yes, indeed. The artichoke people bent on taking over the human race might be likened to the Communists, and the protagonist trying to sound the alarm was played by an actor named McCarthy--Kevin McCarthy.
The comments on the LAT story indicate that communism and communist sympathizers are alive and well in Los Angeles.
McCarthy never investigated Hollywood.
The article is interesting. He had been a party member, and then left as he was disillusioned with the kind of Stalinist mind-control members were subjected to.
He first refused to name communists because he thought it unseemly (which got him blacklisted) but then later named them. He said he thought it silly to take the 5th, which implied he was a communist, when in fact he had left the party.
In Hollywood of the day, either way you were cooked. If you refused to name names, your friends blacklisted you. If you named them, you were a traitor.
Since communists killed something like a hundred million people it makes sense that there should be a price to pay for supporting such monsters. And it stands to reason that people who support mass murder aren’t going to be nice to people who turn on them.
Now he’s a good communist.
I don’t ever recall “Invasion” being seen as anything other than a parable about the COMMUNIST ERA. The loss of individuality against one’s will, the group mindset of those replaced, etc.
Only now are they rewriting Hollyweird’s own history to say it was really about McCarthy?
fester in peace, commie.
McCarthy served in the Senate. He was not involved directly with HUAC; that was the House
The propaganda and brain wash has been so great that few people I know.. even know what a “COMMUNIST” (( IS ))..
Even communists have been documented to have murdered multi-millions of people in various countrys in the last century.. mostly by their fellow citizens.. AND made billions more miserable..
Most have no idea that communists are socialists and that socialism is driven by democracy.. Democracy is the political disease that causes socialism.. and that communism, socialism and democracy are a lie, a boondoggle..
Democracy is a nasty word.. a heinous concept..
NO democracy has even been or ever will be democratic..
Democracy is a HOLY word to the brain washed.. an idol..
Democracy is “the UNICORN” to the Utopians.. i.e. democrats..
Americas problem NOW is the Republic being INFECTED with the concept of democracy.. Yes; DISEASED.. contaminated with.. sickened.. America MUST BE CURED of democracy..
Democracy is a lie, a scam.. bait and switch.. a boondoggle..
AN elite ALWAYS runs any political system no matter the name it is called..
Democracy is a mask for something very nasty.. THEFT on a MASSIVE scale..
Lots of people who have worked in the film business have had periods of unemployment. The work is sporadic. It sounds better to say that you were “blacklisted” rather than unemployed. I take all of those “blacklisted in Hollywood” stories with a grain of salt.
I was hoping somebody would chime in with that little truth nugget on McCarthy. Simpleton writers use the Senator’s name as a pejorative for something they either don’t know the first thing about or choose to obfuscate. Thanks for putting that comment in the thread!
Only now are they rewriting Hollyweirds own history to say it was really about McCarthy?
Just as the lefties are now interpreting George Orwell's classic anti-Communist novels Animal Farm and 1984 as actually being about corporate capitalism.
Ding ding ding! Joseph McCarthy was a SENATOR. It would have been hard for him to conduct the HUAC (HOUSE Unamerican Activities Committee) hearings. He chaired the Army-McCarthty investigations, which were limited to the Armed Forces.
That's correct. My comment was a jumping off point to reference to the entire era when commies were being ferreted out from all of their spider holes, the military, government and Hollyweird. Because of Senator McCarthy's fearless attack on America's enemies, that timespan of the 1950s bears his name. The term McCarthyism, of course, has become a pejorative when used by leftists but is high praise indeed for those of us who love our country.
I'll add that one f the last "good" Democrats was Martin Dies, Jr. of Texas whose "Dies Committee" ultimately became the HUAC. He also opposed the New Deal of the evil Franklin Diablo [sic] Roosevelt. Dies' district, the Texas 2nd, is now represented by a good Christian Conservative and a fine gentlemen (in every sense of that word), Ted Poe, shown appropriately to the RIGHT of Dies, below:
So I consider it noteworthy that there is a new series on TV about communist spies in the US. It is on the FX channel, a channel that I'd never heard of before. The series is called “The Americans,” and is shown on Wednesday nights. I saw the pilot and the next episode and it is really good.
Two communist agents are assigned to come to America, marry, start a family, and spy. It is interesting that their children are truly American. The son sees an American astronaut as a hero. The parents gently try to discourage this.
These two agents are treated somewhat sympathetically. However, their bad actions are on complete display. They kill, kidnap, have sex to get gain trust, etc. The wife is played by Keri Russell. She formerly starred in the popular series “Felicity.”
My wife and I have been watching “The Americans” and we like it.
“onetime balcklisted”, in other words, onetime worshipper of murderer of millions Stalin, is such a badge of honor!
And someone correct me if I'm wrong, but Congress didn't "blacklist" anyone in Hollywood, either. They didn't have that kind of power.
The "blacklist" was Hollywood's doing.
Studio heads didn't want open Commies making/writing movies, so THEY "blacklisted" writers and actors that would make the studios look like sympathizers.
about 20yrs ago, some of the original black listed people were on a talk radio show....and they described how horribly they were treated....but they did actually admit that they were communists and wanted to destroy our country and our democracy....
a turd is a turd...
At this point, a liberal would make a comment line “Oh. So you think every liberal is a commie.” No, I do not.
However, their are more than a few points of intersection. I've taken a few samples from CPUSA.org. When Kerry ran against Bush, they gave 10 reasons to vote against Bush. When Obama ran against McCain, they were ecstatic that their man might become President. (He did).
I knew a Chicago Democrat from an earlier generation. I witnessed him smile with his lips and and eyes as he mentioned “Uncle Joe” (Stalin). It was a transcendent moment for him, as though he were extremely devout and was contemplating Jesus Christ. No commie, just a Democrat.
I could go on, and on, and on with examples.
Prayers for a misguided soul.